AbsoluteCARE’s PrEP Program for HIV Prevention

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Healthcare professional Alan S. Cohn is a strategic partnership consultant for Avesis Managed Healthcare. Providing care to communities throughout the US. Alan S. Cohn is the CEO of AbsoluteCARE.

AbsoluteCARE is an Ambulatory ICU Medical Center which provide intensive care to the “sickest of the sick” as well as members with HIV/AIDS.

PrEP is medication prescribed in the form of a pill. It is specifically formulated to reduce a person’s risk of contracting HIV after exposure. It is prescribed for men and women who have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours, are in open relationships, are in relationships with partners who are HIV positive, or participate in sex work.

The pill, Truvada, is taken daily for maximum protection. It should be taken for at least seven days straight to achieve optimum protection levels in men. For women, it may take up to three weeks to reach full protection levels. Taken continually, the medication reduces the risk of HIV infection by more than 90 percent.

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The Ambulatory ICU and Its Benefits

 

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Since 1999, Alan S. Cohn has served as the president and CEO of AbsoluteCARE, an ambulatory intensive care unit. Under Alan S. Cohn’s experienced leadership, AbsoluteCARE has flourished as a provider of holistic care for the sickest of patients with complex chronic illnesses.

For these patients, the ambulatory intensive care unit (A-ICU) plays a key role in reducing the number of emergency or inpatient hospital visits. Basically, the A-ICU delivers customized care in a Medical Center and the patient’s home, both to manage ongoing medical, behavioral and social conditions and to seek out potential health risks in the patient’s home and everyday life. For instance, if the A-ICU team notes that a patient has made numerous emergency room visits because he hasn’t taken his medications as prescribed, the team will add a medication management plan to the patient’s overall plan of care.

The A-ICU system depends on specially trained Providers including Doctors, trained Nurses, LCSWs, PhD Psychologists, PharmDs, Case Managers, Nutritionists, Community Health Workers and other health professionals, who collaborate to provide the patient with daily support. When properly implemented, the work of this team can reduce the need for escalated and more costly care. Studies have shown that this model not only improves outcomes for chronically ill populations, but generally reduces average per-capita health spending by focusing resources on those most in need.

AbsoluteCARE Participates in Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency Disease

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Avesis Managed Healthcare consultant for strategic partnerships Alan S. Cohn is the chief executive officer of AbsoluteCARE. On October 28, 2017, Alan S. Cohn’s AbsoluteCARE took part in a two-hour walk at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, Georgia, to raise funds for the Immunodeficiency Disease Foundation (IDF), an organization that exists to better the lives of close to 250,000 Americans diagnosed with primary immunodeficiency diseases (PI).

PI is a group of over 300 rare and chronic diseases that affect the immune system. These diseases render the immune system incapable of functioning properly, either completely or in part. Patients with these diseases are very susceptible to infection in various parts of the body such as the throat, lungs, brain, and spinal cord. The diseases are not contagious and are mostly caused by genetic defects.

One of the biggest challenges facing patients with PI is access to information. IDF was founded by the families of children with PI together with their personal physicians. The group provides a range of resources to improve the lives of people living with PI.

Serving the Chronically Ill to Achieve Healthcare’s Triple Aim Theme

 

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A strategic partner at Avesis Managed Health Care, Alan S. Cohn offers flexible health care programs to meet America’s needs. Since 1999, Alan S. Cohn has served as the CEO of AbsoluteCARE, a patient-centered ambulatory ICU that caters exclusively to the 3-5 percent of the US population that consumes 30-40 percent of health care dollars.

Healthcare has its own 5 percent. According to a 2009 study by the Department of Health and Human Services, in both 2008 and 2009, 5 percent of Americans accounted for almost 50 percent of all health care spending. The top 1 percent of patients were responsible for 21.8 percent of the $1.26 trillion spent on healthcare annually. Seniors aged over 65 made up 42 percent of the top 5 percent, followed by middle-aged Americans at 40 percent.

Looking at it from a per capita perspective, each of the top 5 percent spent about $35,829 on medical bills, while the bottom 50 percent spent only $232. For the top 5 percent, a third of those costs were spent in the last month of life. By catering exclusively to this high acuity, chronically ill segment, AbsoluteCARE provides quality care at low costs while achieving superior health outcomes – healthcare’s triple aim.

University of Baltimore School of Law – Center for Medicine and Law

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University of Baltimore School of Law
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Prior to becoming the CEO and president of AbsoluteCARE in Singer Island, Florida, Alan S. Cohn attended George Washington University in Washington, DC where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in public affairs. Alan S. Cohn also attended the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland, where he earned his law degree.

Founded in 1925, the University of Baltimore School of Law is designed to teach law students the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare for careers in the legal profession. The school of law includes student organization memberships along with the ability to participate in focus centers and groups regarding global as well as national and local issues, such as the UB Center for Medicine and Law.

The Center for Medicine and Law provides a place for lawyers and doctors to connect in a non-adversarial environment to help shift discussions away from the courtroom and into a classroom environment that helps both professions learn how to work collaboratively in health-related policies and procedures.

Vision Screening for Babies

 

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A graduate of the George Washington University and the University of Baltimore School of Law, Alan S. Cohn serves as the CEO and president of AbsoluteCARE. Previously, Alan S. Cohn served as the CEO of Avesis, a managed health care firm that specialized in administering and insuring vision health care plans. Vision benefits make vision care more accessible for children as they grow. With a vision plan, parents can better ensure that their child reaches important developmental milestones and help them succeed in educational settings if correction is needed. Parents can begin observing and monitoring their child’s vision from an early age.

As an infant grows, healthy vision is extremely important for their development. It is important for parents of babies to watch for signs of vision problems, seek professional eye care, and engage in age appropriate activities to help their baby’s vision develop properly. If vision problems are found and treated early by eye specialists, significant developmental delays can be avoided.

In addition to regular well-child visits to a qualified pediatrician, parents should watch for the following signs of problems with their baby’s vision:

-Excessive tearing
-Red or encrusted eye lids
-Constant eye turning
-Extreme sensitivity to light
-The appearance of a white pupil

At a baby’s well-child visit, the pediatrician will also check for these and other conditions. If necessary, he or she may recommend additional screening or treatment by an eye specialist or ophthalmologist.

Levindale and Save-A-Limb Partner Together for Annual Festival

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Alan S. Cohn is the former CEO of Avesis, a managed vision, dental, and hearing healthcare provider based in Phoenix, Arizona. An established professional in the healthcare industry, Alan S. Cohn has also spent time outside of work volunteering his services to Levindale Nursing Home.